Picton singer Missy Lancaster will use her voice to empower young Ugandan women as the new ambassador for International Needs Australia.
Ms Lancaster will travel to the African country for two weeks in February to talk to young women, sing songs together and visit hospitals and schools.
The charity organisation wants to create a world where all people are treated equally and works in eight countries to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity with INA because I believe we all serve a higher purpose, and it’s a beautiful thing when we as humans can come together and lend a helping hand, no matter how big or small the contribution,” the country musician said.
“I have never done anything like this before. I’m sure it will be an eye-opener and I am sure it will remind me of how lucky I am.”
INA supports the I Am SHE movement which aims to educate girls, highlight child protection and get greater access to health and resources to improve the livelihoods of women.
“The SHE movement resonates with me on such a deep level because I cannot imagine living in poverty conditions [like some Ugandan women do], and by lending such a small hand, I can potentially change the lives of so many,” Ms Lancaster said.
“There are girls who carry heavy buckets of water to their camp and they shouldn’t have that responsibility. Young women should be getting an education.”
Ms Lancaster knows there will be a language barrier but she is looking forward to communicating with song.
“I hope as an artist I can be a positive role model for young men and women,” she said. “I have been lucky enough to have a gift of singing and I want to go over there and share that with young women.
“They don’t have the opportunity to see many performers sing so I want to be able to really connect with them. Hopefully I can inspire them in a way. I know I will only be playing a small part but I believe if we can all come together to help then we can end poverty.”